Expect delays on Route 170 during widening

April 18, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Motorists on Route 170 can expect some delays today when traffic is shifted on both the northbound and southbound sides of the thoroughfare as part of a widening project. It is one of two road closings planned in Anne Arundel this week.

A section of southbound Interstate 97 between Routes 648 and 100 will be closed Saturday to allow construction crews to open newly completed lanes on the heavily traveled highway.

For the Route 170 project, State Highway Administration crews will move traffic east for one mile between Route 176 and the Route 100 bridge over Route 170 at 9 a.m. today to accommodate the opening of a second lane on both sides of Route 170 between Route 176 and the Route 100 bridge.

"It's an improvement and enhancement of 170," said John Healy, a spokesman for the highway administration. "Previously, they had one lane in each direction. Now they'll have two."

The new lanes on I-97 will be between the exits for Routes 648 and 100. Crews working from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday will have to close one lane at a time to allow crews to open the new lanes.

Crews may have to close that section of I-97 twice during the day, but it should be for no more than 15 minutes, Mr. Healy said.

He said the new lanes, which are made of concrete, would be "somewhat smoother than asphalt, which is what they are currently driving on." In addition, the exit ramps for southbound Interstate 97 from Route 176 will be closed. Detour signs instructing drivers to use the Route 648 exits will be posted, he said.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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